A milestone of 20th century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera rolls on unstoppably into the 21st. In their opera "by and for beggars", Weill and Brecht transformed old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. Weill's acid harmonies and Brecht's biting texts created a revolutionary new musical theatre that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown.
Dreigroschenoper (The Three-Penny Opera) (1928)
Comedy in three acts, German libretto by the composer and Bertolt Brecht, in
collaboration with translator Elisabeth Hauptmann, adapted from John Gay's The Beggar's Opera
Wolfgang Grunert (Jackie
"Tiger" Brown), Johanna
von Kóczián (Polly Peachum), Erich Schellow (Macheath),Wolfgang Neuss (The Street
Conductor: Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Günther Arndt Choir, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
of Recording: 1/1958
Venue: Afifo Studio, Tempelhof Berlin, Germany
Complete recording of the score,
without all the spoken dialogues.